A symbol of wisdom and luck, Lord Ganesha is one of the most worshipped Gods in Hinduism. The son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, with the face of an elephant and a huge pot-bellied body of a human, Lord Ganesha is regarded as the destroyer of obstacles. In fact, any festive occasion or new beginning for a Hindu almost always begins with worshipping Lord Ganesha. If you are opening a new office, or getting into a new home, or for any other new beginning that marks importance in your life, make sure to have a Ganpati Puja done by the most professional and experienced Pujaris at MakeMyPuja.
Moreover, it is the time of the year when everyone is celebrating the auspicious Ganesh festival with immense zeal and joy. As India celebrates this auspicious festival, let us take a look at some interesting yet lesser known facts about Lord Ganesha. We all know who Ganpati Bappa is and worship him with lots of love and faith but, how much do you know about him? Read on to find out!
How was Lord Ganesha born?
Goddess Parvati once went to visit her husband, Lord Shiva, who was deeply meditating. Since he did not want to be disturbed by any reason whatsoever, he had his head attendant, Nandi, to guard and keep away anyone who wanted to visit him. Nandi being very loyal to Lord Shiva did not even let Goddess Parvati meet him. This hurt her feelings and had her feeling very lonely, being ignored by her husband. So, she decided to have someone who would be by her side anytime she needed someone. This is why, there and then, she collected some dirt from her body and moulded the most handsome young boy she could imagine, and breathed life into him to be her beloved son. This is how Lord Ganesha was born!
Why does Lord Ganesha have a broken tusk?
Have you realized that Lord Ganesha ha one full and one broken tusk? And, do you why? This is another instance when Lord Shiva was meditating. This was when a family friend Parashurama had come to visit. Lord Ganesha who was guarding his father did not let him in. Parashurama lost his temper and threw an axe at Ganesha, which broke his tusk!
Why do we find the idol of Lord Ganesha at the entrance of every temple?
This is because it was a boon granted to him that he would be more revered and worshipped than his parents, and he would be the first God to be acknowledged when entering a temple.
What is the original colour of Lord Ganesha’s body?
According to Shiva Maha Puran, Lord Ganesha is actually green and red in colour.
Who began the system of Sarvajanik Ganesh celebration?
In 1893, it was revolutionary freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Lokmanya Tilak who prompted every Indian to come together to celebrate the festival of Lord Ganesha. The main aim behind this was to bring together the sects of Brahmins and non-Brahmins to instill the feeling of unity amongst every Indian so that they could stand united against the Britishers.
How many idols of Lord Ganesha are made and brought home every year?
He largest processions and worships seen are in Maharashtra, mainly Mumbai and Pune. Apart from them, the Pen district also has 500 workshops and 800 artisans who make more than 7 lakh idols every year! Last year, 10,000 idols were seen in the pandals of Mumbai alone. As per a survey, there were 1,80,650 idols brought home last year.
Amazing facts, isn’t it? So now, after knowing these facts, you will better worship Lord Ganesha for sure. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! Ganpati Bappa Morya!